Volume 1, Issue 2, February 26, 2014
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Spotlight on Research: UCLA Professor Pushes the Envelope of Particle Physics

Zvi Bern speaks at TEDx event.Zvi Bern, a professor in the UCLA physics department, is pioneering new techniques to analyze particle processes. Featured in national publications such as Scientific American, Bern’s ideas are turning the physics world on its head.

For the past 60 years, scientists have used Feynman diagrams to understand the scattering behavior of subatomic particles when they collide with one another. While Feynman diagrams are useful for comprehending basic processes, they are an inefficient and outdated system to work out more complex problems.  Thanks to Bern and his colleagues, who developed an innovative technique known as the Modern Unitarity Method, physicists can now decipher more challenging problems that were previously thought to be unsolvable when only Feynman diagrams were available.

Not only does the unitarity approach allow particle physicists to analyze complex problems, the new method has also reinvigorated the age-old effort to unify Einstein’s general relativity theory and quantum theory into a quantum gravity theory. With this new method, Bern is challenging over three decades of established dogma and forging paths for future research in his fields of study.

Read the full story to learn more about Bern's groundbreaking research. 

News | Publications

Call for Project Collaboration Center for Digital Humanities

The Center for Digital Humanities is pleased to announce the Winter 2014 CDH Call for Project Collaborations.  To get an idea of the nature and scope of past projects, view the CDH project portfolio. When you are ready to apply, access the 2014 project collaboration application form. Soft deadline is February 21, 2014.

International Summer School 2014 on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences

The National Science Foundation through their XSEDE program is co-sponsoring an International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences. Graduate students and post-doctoral researchers are invited to apply. Deadline to apply is March 9, 2014. 

UCLA Software Central - Discounted Software

Software Central manages UCLA-wide agreements for discounts on the software products and services commonly used in support of teaching and research. The first place to check for your software needs. 

HPC and Statistical Computing Class Materials

Did you miss one of our workshops in high performance computing or statistical computing? Check out the lecture slides to get the information you missed:

Intro to Parallel Computing and OpenMP
Introduction to MPI
Running Parallel Jobs Efficiently

IDRE related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

Networking Seminar: Accessing and Protecting PHI for Research

February 27 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the Bel-Air Conference Room (17-323 CHS), UCLA. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to the networking seminar.

Southern California Dissemination, Implementation and Improvement Science Symposium

A special symposium designed to strengthen and expand Southern California research, policy and practice activity in the field of Dissemination, Implementation and Improvement (DII) Science. This meeting will bring together researchers, clinicians, health system leaders and community stakeholders interested in improving health care and public health through better use of effective practices and innovations developed through research. March 4 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at the California Endowment (1000 North Alameda Street Los Angeles, CA 90012). 

IDRE related Workshops & Events

GIS Trainings and Workshops

IDRE's GIS team offers hands-on training and workshops on a variety of geo-spatial topics. Currently these workshops are offered on a per request basis. Find out what topics are offered, and request a workshop tailored to your needs.

Past Statistical Consulting Classes Available Online

Past statistical consulting workshops and classes, covering topics such as Stata, SAS, SPSS, R, Multilevel Modeling, Survey Data Analysis, Power Analysis and SUDAAN, are available online.

NIH Public Access Policy Workshop

The National Institute of Health (NIH) announced that it would delay processing of renewals to PIs who are not in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy beginning July 1, 2013. Are you in compliance? Make sure your funding isn't at risk, and learn more about how to ensure that you comply with the Policy. We’ll discuss:
  • submission methods and how to be sure your article has successfully been submitted to PubMed Central
  • tools to help navigate compliance: My Bibliography
  • citing your compliant articles in grant applications and progress reports
  • your questions about the Policy and how to comply.
Class meets in the UCLA Biomedical Library Classroom (12-077X CHS), March 7, 2014, 12:00 pm to 1:00 p.m. Please register to reserve your space. Workshop will be taught by Vessela Ensberg, Data Curation Analyst. 

Training Opportunity: Working with Observational Data (CER Curriculum)

After taking these sessions of the Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Curriculum module, participants will:
  • Understand the potential use of observational data in comparative effectiveness research (CER)
  • Identify potential sources of data for CER studies
  • Understand challenges of building analytic data sets and ensuring data quality
  • Know alternative analysis approaches for correcting for selection into specific treatments in observational studies and the challenges to using alternative methods
  • Understand common risk adjustment models and how to apply them in observational studies
March 6 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Beverly Hills Video Conference Room (CHS-17-187).

CTSI Drop-In Statistical Consulting

Faculty, clinical instructors, fellows, postdocs, students, research staff and residents welcome. Drop by for assistance with data analysis consultation, clinical-data-management consulting study design & power analysis, and software (SAS, R, SPSS) database help. Wednesdays from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in 16-111 CHS.

IDRE Walk-in Statistical Consulting

Walk-in statistical consulting is offered Monday through Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the DCP/Stat Lab, 4919 Math Sciences. Email consulting is also available. 

Stochastic Gradient Methods

Recently, there has been an outburst of research activity on SG methods, driven in part by their remarkable suitability to machine learning models involving huge data sets. A prominent feature of these methods is their ability to make progress by examining only a small fraction of the data set rather than scanning the entire data set - an operation that is prohibitively expensive in many modern applications. This workshop will address various topics in the theory, implementation, and practice of SG methods. February 24-28 in 460 Portola Plaza.

UCLA BD2K - Big Data to Knowledge Workshop

Topics to be covered include the following: computational approaches and infrastructure for big data research; big data resources and management; text and data mining for big data; clinical and imaging bit data integration; mechanistic modeling of disease using big data; community-based and crowd sourcing data collection methods; big data training programs. March 27-28 at UCLA Neurosciences Research Building. To register for the workshop please email Susan Sassoon by March 27.

Accessing and Analyzing CHIS Data 

This workshop will provide an overview of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), information on how to access CHIS data and example analyses using CHIS data. Other topics will include pooling multiple years of CHIS data, data linkage and GIS, and imputation of missing values. February 28 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Visualization Portal (5628 Math Sciences). If you are interested in attending the event, please RSVP to the accessing and analyzing CHIS data workshop.

Grant & Funding Opportunities

NSF | NIH | DOE | Federal | Nonfederal

NSF Opportunities:

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace

Cyberspace has transformed the daily lives of people for the better. The rush to adopt cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities: corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals have been victims of cyber-attacks. In December 2011, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) with the cooperation of NSF issued a broad, coordinated federal strategic plan for cybersecurity research and development to change the game; minimize the misuses of cyber technology, bolster education and training in cybersecurity, establish a science of cybersecurity, and transition promising cybersecurity research into practice. This challenge requires a dedicated approach to research, development, and education that leverages the disciplines of mathematics and statistics, the social sciences, and engineering together with the computing, communications and information sciences. The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program welcomes proposals that address Cybersecurity from a Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) perspective and/or a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective. In addition, we welcome proposals that integrate research addressing both of these perspectives as well as proposals focusing entirely on Cybersecurity Education.
Deadline: September 19, 2014
Budget: Total estimated funding is $74.5 million. Award ceiling is $10 million

Advances in Biological Informatics

The Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) program seeks to encourage new approaches to the analysis and dissemination of biological knowledge for the benefit of both the scientific community and the broader public. The ABI program is especially interested in the development of informatics tools and resources that have the potential to advance- or transform- research in biology supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation. The ABI program accepts three major types of proposals: Innovation awards that seek to pioneer new approaches to the application of informatics to biological problems, Development awards that seek to provide robust cyberinfrastructure that will enable transformative biological research, and Sustaining awards that seek to support ongoing operations and maintenance of existing cyberinfrastructure that is critical for continued advancement of priority biological research.
Deadline: August 12, 2014
Budget: Total program funding is $14 million

Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Infrastructure, Innovation and Engineering Program

The Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Infrastructure, Innovation and Engineering program invests in improvements and re-engineering at the campus level to support a range of data transfers supporting computational science and computer networks and systems research. The program also supports Network Integration activities tied to achieving higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects.
Deadline: March 17, 2014
Budget: $150,000 - $500,000

CISE Research Infrastructure

The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class computing research infrastructure. This infrastructure will enable CISE researchers to advance the frontiers of CISE research. The CRI program supports two classes of awards: Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards support the creation of new (II-New) CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (II-EN) of existing CISE research infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities at the awardee and collaborating institutions. Community Infrastructure (CI) awards support the planning (CI-P) for new CISE community research infrastructure, the creation of new CISE research infrastructure or the enhancement (CI-EN) of existing CISE infrastructure to enable world-class CISE research opportunities for broad-based communities of CISE researchers that extend well beyond the awardee institutions.?? Each CI award may support the operation of such infrastructure, ensuring that the awardee institution(s) is (are) well-positioned to provide a high quality of service to CISE community researchers expected to use the infrastructure to realize their research goals.
Deadline: October 7, 2014
Budget: $50,000 - $3 million

Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods

The Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods program supports the discovery and development of theoretical and computational methods or models to address a range of chemical challenges, with emphasis on emerging areas of chemical research. Proposals that focus on established theoretical or computational approaches should involve innovative additions or modifications that substantially broaden their applicability.
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering

Advanced computational infrastructure and the ability to perform large-scale simulations and accumulate massive amounts of data have revolutionized scientific and engineering disciplines. The goal of the CDS&E program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches. The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline or they may cut across more than one discipline in various Directorates. The key identifying factor is that the outcome relies on the development, adaptation, and utilization of one or more of the capabilities offered by advancement of both research and infrastructure in computation and data, either through cross-cutting or disciplinary programs.
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs

CCF supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program; The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program; and The Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program.
Deadline: September 19, 2014
Budget: $500,000 - $3 million depending on size of project

Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering

The Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) program aims to advance interdisciplinary research in which the science and engineering of sustainability are enabled by new advances in computing, and where computational innovation is grounded in the context of sustainability problems. CyberSEES supports research on all sustainability topics that depend on advances in computational areas including optimization, modeling, simulation, prediction, and inference; large-scale data management and analytics; advanced sensing techniques; human computer interaction and social computing; infrastructure design, control and management; and intelligent systems and decision-making. Additionally, the widespread, intensive use of computing technologies also introduces sustainability challenges and motivates new approaches across the lifecycle of technology design and use.
Deadline: April 8, 2014
Budget: Total program funding is $10.5 million

Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies

The purpose of the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program is to integrate opportunities offered by emerging technologies with advances in what is known about how people learn to advance three interconnected thrusts: Innovation: inventing and improving next-generation genres (types) of learning technologies, identifying new means of using technology for fostering and assessing learning, and proposing new ways of integrating learning technologies with each other and into learning environments to foster and assess learning; Advancing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments: enhancing understanding of how people learn and how to better foster and assess learning, especially in technology-rich learning environments that offer new opportunities for learning and through data collection and computational modeling of learners and groups of learners that can be done only in such environments; and Promoting broad use and transferability of new genres: extracting lessons from experiences with these technologies that can inform design and use of new genres across disciplines, populations, and learning environments; advancing understanding of how to foster learning through effective use these new technologies and the environments they are integrated into. .
Deadline: March 24, 2014
Budget: $20,000 - $2.5 million

Data Infrastructure Building Blocks

NSF's vision for a Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) considers an integrated, scalable, and sustainable cyberinfrastructure as crucial for innovation in science and engineering. The Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program is an integral part of CIF21. The DIBBs program encourages development of robust and shared data-centric cyberinfrastructure capabilities to accelerate interdisciplinary and collaborative research in areas of inquiry stimulated by data. Effective solutions will bring together cyberinfrastructure expertise and domain researchers, to ensure that the resulting cyberinfrastructure components address the researchers' data needs. The activities should address the data challenges arising in a disciplinary or cross-disciplinary context.
Deadline: April 9, 2014
Budget: $1.5 - $5 million

Experimental Elementary Particle Physics

The Elementary Particle Physics (EPP) program supports particle physics at accelerators. EPP also supports advances in detector development and new methods of utilizing distributed computing in support of collaborative research, for example, grid development, both nationally and internationally. The program also engages K-12 educators, who participate in experiments with university scientists, staff and students.
Deadline: October 29, 2014
Budget: Total program funding is $50 million

NIH Opportunities:

Research Education Grants for Statistical and Computational Training in the Genetics of Addiction

The purpose of this opportunity is to encourage applications focused on research education in statistical and computational models to address genetics-based problems in addiction. Eligible participants may include undergraduate, graduate, and/or postdoctoral level students and may include both US and non-US citizens.
Deadline: August 21, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling and Communication

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support innovative research that identifies sources of spatial uncertainty (i.e., inaccuracy or instability of spatial or geographic information) in public health data, incorporates the inaccuracy or instability into statistical methods, and develops novel tools to visualize the nature and consequences of spatial uncertainty.
Deadline: September 7, 2014
Budget: $275,000

Other Federal Opportunities:

Microsystems Technology Office-Wide

This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing Microsystems Technology Office-Wide programs or other published BAA solicitations.
Deadline: September 1, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Educational Technology, Media and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities

The purposes of the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program are to: (1) Improve results for students with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for students with disabilities; (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) provide accessible educational materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner.
Deadline: March 10, 2014
Budget: $1.5 million

Additional Grant and Funding Opportunities*

*These funding opportunities were highlighted in the previous newsletter.
The deadlines have not yet expired.

Upcoming NSF Opportunities:

Computing Education for the 21st Century

The Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) program aims to build a robust computing research community, a computationally competent 21st century workforce, and a computationally empowered citizenry. In this undertaking, there are three interrelated challenges: the significant underproduction of degrees needed for the computing and computing-related workforce, the longstanding underrepresentation of many segments of our population, and the lack of a presence of computing in K-12.
Deadline: March 12, 2014
Budget: $200,000 - $10 million
Annual Call: Second wednesday in March, annually.


EarthCube is a community-driven activity sponsored through a partnership between the NSF Directorate of Geosciences and Office of Cyberinfrastructure to transform the conduct of geosciences research and education. EarthCube aims to create a well-connected and facile environment to share data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner, thus accelerating the ability of the geosciences community to understand and predict the Earth system.
Deadline: March 12, 2014
Budget: Total program funding is $5 million

Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability

The Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS) program aims to support groundbreaking research leading to a new era of parallel computing. Achieving the needed breakthroughs will require a collaborative effort among researchers representing all areas-- from services and applications down to the micro-architecture-- and will be built on new concepts, theories, and foundational principles. New approaches to achieve scalable performance and usability need new abstract models and algorithms, new programming models and languages, new hardware architectures, compilers, operating systems and run-time systems, and must exploit domain and application-specific knowledge. Research is also needed on energy efficiency, communication efficiency, and on enabling the division of effort between edge devices and clouds.
Deadline: March 24, 2014.
Budget: $1 million

Upcoming DOE Opportunities:

Scientific Data Management, Analysis and Visualization at Extreme Scale

This FOA solicits cooperative agreement applications that propose to develop computational models for better understanding of the dynamics of the scientific workforce in the United States. These models may be used to inform program development and management, identify questions that need additional research, and guide the collection and analysis of the data to answer these questions.
Deadline: April 2, 2014
Budget: $4 million per year

Other Federal Opportunities:

Biotechnology Risk Assessments Grants Program

The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms (GE), including plants, microorganisms (including fungi, bacteria, and viruses), arthropods, fish, birds, mammals and other animals excluding humans. Investigations of effects on both managed and natural environments are relevant. The BRAG program accomplishes its purpose by providing Federal regulatory agencies with scientific information relevant to regulatory issues. rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD.
Deadline: March 19, 2013. 
Budget: $25,000 - $1 million

Exploratory Research for Extreme-Scale Science

The Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby invites exploratory basic research proposals with the potential to deliver significantly advanced or improved science capabilities in light of emerging and disruptive technology changes. Desired outcomes include advances that will make massively parallel, heterogeneous computer architectures more efficient and practical to use in carrying out scientific research activities. A complementary ASCR objective is to build up the computational research infrastructure for enabling data-intensive science advances.
Deadline: February 28, 2014 
Budget: Not listed

Information innovation Office-Wide BAA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Information Innovation Office (I2O). Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art. I2O seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, undertaking directions that challenge assumptions and have the potential to radically change established practice. See Full Announcement, DARPA-BAA-13-32 (I2O Office Wide) pdf for further details.
Deadline: June 25, 2014 
Budget: Not listed

National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship

The National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF) program is sponsored by the Basic Research Office, Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD (R&E)). NSSEFF supports innovative basic research within academia, as well as education initiatives that seek to create and develop the next generation of scientists and engineers for the defense and national security workforce.
Deadline: March 12, 2014
Budget: Not listed

Non-Federal Opportunities:

ACS - Doctoral New Investigator Grants

Provides start-up funding for scientists and engineers in the U.S. who are within the first 3 years of their first academic appointment. DNI grants are to be used to illustrate proof of principle or concept, to test a hypothesis or demonstrate the feasibility of an approach.
Deadline: March 14, 2014
Budget: $110,000 over two years

UCLA CTSI - Funding Opportunities

In order to strengthen current research aims, UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute offers opportunities through assistance with grants and career openings to doctors and researchers who align themselves with the goals and methodologies of translational research. Several opportunities are currently available.
UCLA Office of Information Technology
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